Hospice is an approach to care for people experiencing a life-limiting illness. It offers comprehensive services that address the physical, spiritual, social and emotional needs and preferences of the patient and family. Hospice affirms life and emphasizes quality rather than quantity of life.
Abode provides the highest quality of health care within the home, allowing our patients and their families to remain in a familiar and comfortable environment. Whether the focus is rehabilitation, recovery from acute illness, chronic disease management, or end of life care, Abode's thoughtful and highly-skilled professionals deliver appropriate, carefully-planned, and personalized services at home.
Our mission is simple. We treat others the way we want to be treated. We do the right thing, always, even when no one is looking. You can relax knowing an ethical team of experts is caring for your loved one.
- of Abode employees say they have the opportunity to do what they do best every day.
- of our patients recommend us to others.
- of our patients and family rate our care as excellent.
Parkinson’s Awareness Month
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative brain disorder for which there is currently no cure. However, there are many different treatment options to manage symptoms of the disease. Symptoms Symptoms typically develop slowly over the years, but this can vary from patient to patient. While one of these symptoms on their own is not cause for concern, you should contact your doctor if you are experiencing more than one. Tremor Small handwriting Loss of smell Trouble sleeping Trouble moving or walking Constipation A soft or low voice Masked face Dizziness or fainting Stooping or hunching over Living with Parkinson\'s It can be challenging to live with Parkinson’s, but – in addition to working with your doctor and following recommended therapies – there are things you can focus on to help maintain your quality of life, including: Diet and nutrition Emotional well-being Daily living activities Dental health Sexual health Raising Awareness In honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, the Parkinson’s Foundation invites you to take the #KnowMorePD quiz to see how much you know about the disease. Anyone who takes the quiz during the month of April will be entered in a weekly drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card. At the end of the month, one grand prize winner will receive a new Kindle Paperwhite pre-loaded with 12 of the foundation’s educational books on PD. Resources You can find an abundance of resources on the Parkinson’s Foundation’s website, including, advice for newly diagnosed, living alone, and Veterans and PD.
Take Care of Yourself, Too
Dear Caregiver, We celebrate you for your dedication to taking care of your loved one. You work tirelessly to ensure they have all they need, often after coming home from full-time jobs and hectic schedules of your own. But in all of your daily appointments and to-do lists, does it say ‘self-care’ anywhere? While we recognize the importance of taking care of your loved one, we also want to remind you of how imperative it is that you also take care of yourself. Stop Feeling Guilty We know you have grown accustomed to putting everyone else’s needs before your own. And we know you may feel guilty and think you are being selfish by taking time for yourself. But that is not the case. No, there are not enough hours in the day. And yes, you have so many other things you need to do. But if you do not take care of yourself, you will not be able to effectively take care of those who need you. If you are overtired and burnt out, how much help and support can you really provide? So think of it this way: it is actually helping the ones you love when you take care of yourself. Because with a little ‘me time,’ you can be the best version of you for those you love. Find Someone(s) YOU Can Lean On Sometimes all you need is someone to talk to who truly gets what you are going through. That support can come in the form of a friend, family member, or even a Facebook group for others in your shoes. There are groups for people caring for elderly parents, caring for a loved one with Dementia, and so many more! There is even a group where you can ask questions and get answers from award-winning nurse and end-of-life educator Barbara Karnes. Remember... So don’t forget to add ‘take care of me’ to your to-do list and take some time for yourself. You are not selfish for doing so. You deserve it. And you need it. Yours truly, Abode Healthcare
National Healthcare Decisions Day
In honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day today, we invite you to take a moment to think about what your wishes are in the event of a medical crisis. This past year, COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of discussing your wishes with your loved ones and documenting these wishes in the form of an advance directive. Far too often, this conversation gets put on the back burner and people find themselves in a medical crisis with no plan. When this happens, it may be too late to receive the care you wanted. So what is advance care planning? It includes completing an advance directive, also known as a living will. This is a written statement that details your wishes for medical treatment should you be unable to communicate these to your doctor or healthcare provider yourself. Advance care planning also includes appointing a power of attorney (POA). This person will be responsible for making your healthcare decisions if you are unable to speak for yourself. Why is it important? These are important steps to take to ensure you receive the care you want in the event of a medical crisis. NHPCO President and CEO Edo Banach says, “It’s also important to remember that having these thoughtful discussions with your family and documenting your wishes can be a gift to your loved ones should you become critically ill and unable to speak for yourself. Your priorities will be clear to them,” So for yourself and for your loved ones, please take some time to come up with a plan, discuss it with your loved ones, and document it in an advance directive. See below for some resources from the NHPCO that can help with your advance care planning: Downloadable state-specific advance directive forms Links to digital advance directive services Tips for talking about your care wishes
BrightSpring Health Services Acquires Abode Healthcare
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BrightSpring Health Services Acquires Abode Healthcare LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 16, 2021) – BrightSpring Health Services completed the acquisition of Abode Healthcare today. Abode Healthcare is one of the nation’s leading providers of home health and hospice services. Headquartered in Durango, Colorado, Abode provides home health and hospice care in 12 states through 41 branches. In combination with BrightSpring’s existing home health and hospice business, the company’s expanded footprint in the segment now spans 17 states. “We are thrilled to become part of the BrightSpring family,” said Mike McMaude, Abode CEO, who will continue to lead the business under the Abode and affiliate names. “Abode’s patient-first philosophy, focus on delivering the best care in lower cost and preferred settings, and strong management and clinical teams are entirely consistent with BrightSpring’s priorities and culture and a great combination.” BrightSpring President and CEO Jon Rousseau said, “As a leading home health and hospice services provider, Abode and its family of brands across its markets of service will enhance the company’s position and market-leading service levels in the industry. With our combined footprint, we are accelerating the ability to bring a comprehensive, customizable local home health and hospice service model to more communities across the country. Both Abode and BrightSpring share strong values and a commitment to people, quality and our customers and patients.” Jon further added, “Moreover, all of the people we are proud to serve require clinical support, personal care (social determinants of health) supports and pharmacy services (with medication therapy management). We uniquely provide these three required services that all of our clients and patients need, and our combination with a high-quality home health and hospice provider in Abode further builds on our home-based clinical service offering and geographic coverage in this critically important area.” ### About Abode Healthcare At Abode Healthcare, our primary ambition is to bring first-class care to the warmest, most serene environment possible: home. We provide the full spectrum of home health and hospice treatment, thoughtfully tailored to patients and families, with focused attention given to individual needs and preferences. Abode strives to eliminate the reputation of generic, “one‑size‑fits‑all” healthcare from our patients’ concept of medical care, and we accomplish this by adapting to their needs, including at-home physical therapy to recover from injury or surgery, chronic disease management care, homecare for patients with a terminal illness, or end-of-life hospice care. For more information, visit www.abodehealthcare.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. About BrightSpring Health Services BrightSpring Health Services is the leading provider of complementary home and community-based pharmacy and health services for complex populations in need of specialized and/or chronic care. Through the company’s lines of business, including pharmacy, home health, hospice, personal care, neuro rehabilitation, pediatric therapy, behavioral health, family and youth services, and workforce development, we provide comprehensive and specialized care and clinical services in 50 states to over 360,000 customers, clients and patients daily. For more information, visit brightspringhealth.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Media Contact: Leigh White VP, Communications and PR BrightSpring Health Services firstname.lastname@example.org (502) 630-7412